Calorie-packed, nutritious, home-made smoothie, for babies & toddlers that hate food

Some toddlers are fussier about food than others, because, as a friend has kindly pointed out, you can’t win a lottery every time. Therefore, in some families, like ours, mealtimes often start with a no-style shaking of the head and loud protests and end on a somewhat cheerful note. All help is enrolled in pulling faces, singing songs, making obnoxious sounds, and looking otherwise retarded. To up the entertainment factor, we keep switching back & forth between Baby Tv, Nick and 8XM. On lucky days, we can keep the little fellow seated in his highchair. On other days, I’m tasked to chase a cruising baby with dripping spoonfuls of cereal or puree. 

Since dear baby plots between the 5th and the 10th percentile for height & weight (yeah I know, this too is normal), I have to keep a close eye on his eating habits. While our ped keeps assuring me that babies don’t starve themselves voluntarily, that’s only half the truth. Here’s the rest: well-meaning parents will go to all lengths possible to ensure that the baby on hunger strike does not starve himself or herself. So yes, as long as the baby’s in good hands, starvation or malnutrition is not a risk.

When I’m in better humour, I enjoy second guessing his likes & dislikes and how his tummy reacts to various foods. In such a moment of inspiration, I tried some fresh yoghurt, and bingo, he liked it. I can’t thank the bacteria enough for putting out this fantastic product for us.

The absolutely great thing about living in Pakistan is that you get fresh, whole-milk unpasteurized yoghurt, with live, active, bacterial cultures, within a 200-metre radius of your house. To make it more interesting, I started mixing it with fruits and now we have a high-calorie, nutrient-rich smoothie that the baby and I are both happy with.

For moms (or dads) at the end of their rope, here’s the un-secret.

Ingredients & Method:

  • 1 medium (6-inch) banana
  • 90 ml (3 oz.) fresh, unpasteurized whole milk yoghurt
  • 2 pitted dates (I use Ajwa, but you can use any soft/moist variety)
  • ½ tsp honey
  • ½ tsp olive oil

Put everything in a blender and whirr away till you reach the desired consistency.

Calorie Count:

An average one-year old needs about a thousand calories a day (source: AAP). This smoothie packs in 215 delicious calories in a 180 ml (6 oz.) serving. You can make it more calorie-dense through small changes like adding more olive oil or honey, or you may increase the serving size by using two bananas. To make the variations easy, here’s the calorific breakup: 1 banana = 90 cal; 3 oz. yoghurt = 50 cal; 2 dates = 45 cal; ½ tsp honey = 10 calories; ½ tsp olive oil = 20 calories;

The Goodness Review:

What’s in it? Where’s it coming from? What does it do?
Dietary Fibre Banana

Dates

 It’s a laxative.
Carbohydrates/Sugars Dates

Yoghurt

Banana

Honey

 Quickly replenishes energy.
Mineral Salts:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Zinc

 

Yoghurt

Banana

Honey

Dates 

Required for proper functioning of nerves and muscles.

Calcium helps development of strong bones & teeth.

Potassium is an important mineral in the maintenance of blood pressure.

Iron is required for production and   functioning of healthy red blood cells.

Vitamin B2 / Riboflavin Yoghurt

Honey

Improves metabolism.

Aids digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Vitamin C Banana

Honey

Yoghurt

Dates

Anti-oxidant.

Boosts the immune system.

Assists collagen production that is needed for   maintaining bones, muscles and blood vessels.

Vitamin B6 Banana

Honey

Yoghurt

Assists with the synthesis of hemoglobin.

Improves metabolism.

Needed for cell repair and growth.

Boosts the immune system.

Vitamin E Olive Oil

Banana

Anti-oxidant.

May be helpful in preventing some cancers  & cardiovascular diseases.

Vitamin K Olive Oil

Banana

Yoghurt

Helps with the clotting of blood.

Required for maintenance of strong bones.

Monounsaturated fats Olive Oil

Yoghurt

Heart-healthy fats when consumed in small amounts
Niacin Banana

Honey

Yoghurt

 

Aids metabolism

Inhibits breakdown of fats and manages cholesterol   levels

Source: Nutrition data compiled from USDA National Nutrient Database.

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